Bachelor alum Chris Soules was arrested and charged with allegedly fleeing a fatal car accident on Monday, April 24 near Aurora, Iowa, according to a statement Bustle received from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office. Although the reality TV personality allegedly left the scene of the accident, 911 audio shared with Bustle by the sheriff's office shows that Soules called 911 after the accident.
UPDATE: A rep for Soules released the following statement to Bustle on May 3: "Neither Mr. Soules nor his legal counsel will be responding to the numerous tabloid style articles and journalists who have been reporting false and misleading stories by citing 'unnamed sources.' Rather, they will be focusing on presenting the truth, which will reveal how inaccurate and unfair so many of these news accounts have been. We are confident that the fair-minded citizens of Iowa will do what they’ve always done – reserve judgment until all of the accurate information is properly presented."
EARLIER: Bustle reached out to Soules' lawyers for comment on the 911 audio, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. His lawyers said in a statement to Just Jared on Tuesday:
In the 5-minute audio, an apparently winded Soules tells the dispatcher that he rear-ended "a guy in a tractor" and says that the man in the tractor is injured. He also notes that the tractor is in a ditch.
The tractor driver, who was later revealed to be 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, was unconscious during the call, according to Soules. You can hear Soules telling another person on the tape that help is coming. He also confirmed to the dispatcher that Mosher was unconscious and did not appear to be breathing.
When the dispatcher asks if Soules knows how to do CPR, he says he cannot but asks an unidentified person if he or she knows how. It is unclear whether Soules or someone else administered CPR. However, Soules goes on to say there is blood coming out of Mosher's mouth and that he feels his pulse.
Mosher was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwin where he died, according to the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office. As for Soules, he was released from jail after his mother, Linda, posted his $10,000 bond at 11:37 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the Des Moines Register reports. The 35-year-old's preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on May 2.
The Buchanan County Sheriff's released the following press release to Bustle on Tuesday: